The medium-size city of Fort Lauderdale, Florida is home to just over 177,000 residents. The city's population, with an average age of just over 41, is middle-of-the-pack compared to other cities in Florida, which has an average age of 41. In terms of housing, residents are fairly evenly split between owning (52%) and renting (48%) their home despite an average rent of $1,288 a month, considerably higher than the state average of $1,153.
There are three primary industries in Fort Lauderdale: retail, entertainment, and healthcare. Combined, these industries make up 21% of the city's labor force. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many residents work in sales, making it the top career path in the city. With an average annual income of almost $75K, Fort Lauderdale workers earn around $8,000 more than the average Florida resident. The city's average income, however, is just about on par with the national average ($73,345). Compared to the national average (21%), Fort Lauderdale has a relatively high percentage of residents older than 25 who possess a Bachelor's, Master's, Professional, or Doctoral degree (26%).
Fort Lauderdale residents have an average commute of about 29 minutes. Many residents (41%) commute to work by car, while public transit is not extensively used. Walking isn't a common way to get to work.